It’s a new year and I’m coming in hot with this DIY Conversation Heart Wreath! I hope you’re ready to dive into all things DIY for the new year!
I’ve made cornstarch hearts/ornaments before, but this year I wanted to mimic the look of classic conversation hearts and turn them into a fun wreath for our door!
DIY Conversation Heart Wreath – What You’ll Need:
- baking soda
- baking sheets
- rolling pin
- heart cookie cutters in various sizes
- acrylic paint
- puffy paint
- foam wreath form (I used a 16″, but choose whatever size you like)
- tinsel garland (it takes about 18-20 feet of garland for a 16″ wreath)
- hot glue/glue gun
- 16 gauge wire
- Krylon clear coat (optional)
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DIY Conversation Heart Wreath – How To:
Step 1: Whip up your cornstarch dough – here is the recipe:
- 2 cup cornstach
- 4 cups baking soda
- 3 cups water
I doubled the recipe to make enough hearts for one 16″ wreath. To make the dough, add all your ingredients to a pot and heat on the stove over medium to high heat. Mix constantly until the mixture is like pasty mashed potatoes and pulling away from the sides of the pan. Remove from heat, allow to cool for about 5 minutes (you do NOT want to roll out the dough when hot, as it will stick!)
Step 2: Place some flour on your rolling surface, and on the dough itself. This also helps the dough not stick. Roll roll out your dough to about a quarter inch thick. Use your heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut out hearts in various sizes. Place on your baking sheet at bake at 175 for 1-2 hours (depending on thickness), flipping every 20-30 minutes. (You can also air dry this dough, but it will take several days).
Step 3: Remove your hearts from the oven and allow to cool for about an hour.
Step 4: Paint your hearts in your desired colors with acrylic paint. Allow to dry.
Step 5: Using puffy paint, write various sayings on your larger hearts. I looked up conversation hearts and affirmations on Google to get ideas! Allow to dry.
Step 6: While your hearts are drying, prepare your wreath. Using hot glue, wrap your wreath form with tinsel garland. I used red/white garland but there are infinite options available! Wrap until your form is covered.
Step 7: Use 16 gauge wire to create a hanger for your wreath. I cut a long piece of wire and fold in half. I then wrap the folded wire around the wreath form/tinsel and feed the ends of the wire through the loop created by the fold. Pull tight and wrap the ends around each other to form a looped hanger. Secure the wire onto the tinsel with extra hot glue. Allow to dry.
Step 8: Now is the fun part! Use your hot glue gun to secure your hearts onto your wreath. Don’t be afraid to use a lot of glue so your hearts are really secure. Focus on securing the largest hearts first, and then add smaller hearts in to fill in where you need.
Step 9 (optional): If you plan to hang your wreath outside, give it a quick spray with Krylon clear coat to help protect your hearts. I highly recommend only hanging indoors or under a sheltered location outdoors.
Step 10: Hang up your wreath and enjoy!
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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun making a Valentine’s Day DIY Conversation Heart Wreath for yourself!
Until next time, happy crafting!